The Life of Prayer in a World of Science

The Life of Prayer in a World of Science

The Life of Prayer in a World of Science

The Life of Prayer in a World of Science

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The material contained in the following pages has been tested in various ways: partly in courses given to my own students in successive years; partly in lectures given to groups of ministers, some six hundred in all, at Galesburg, Illinois, at Hampton, Virginia, and at the Union Theological Seminary in New York; partly through practical experiment in private and social worship. With the exception of a few paragraphs which appeared in an article in The North American Review for September, 1926, and are here reproduced through the courtesy of the editor, no part of the material has appeared in print.

I wish to express my thanks to my assistant, the Reverend Henry P. Van Dusen, who has read the proof and has made many helpful suggestions. Professor Gardner Murphy of Columbia University has rendered me a similar service in connection with the second chapter. To my friend and former student, Miss Helen F. Dunbar, I am indebted for help in compiling the relevant bibliographical material. The most important books from which I have derived instruction and inspiration have been mentioned in the notes and in the appendix which follows. But there are many persons whom it is impossible for me to name, to whom I owe much. If these words should chance to fall under the eyes of any of these, I trust that they will take them as the expression of an appreciation none the less sincere because not formally expressed.

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